Kenya 'sinks' boat with 18 Shabaab members
04 November 2011, 14:58
Kenya - Kenya's military released a video clip on Friday showing the apparent sinking of an al-Shabaab boat in the Indian Ocean with 18 fighters on board.
The military said naval vessels attacked the boat on Thursday, and the clip, released on YouTube, shows a small ship on fire with a cloud of black smoke rising above it.
Emmanuel Chirchir, the Kenyan military spokesperson, warned traders not to sell donkeys to al-Shabaab, saying the animals could be used to transport weapons along roads that would otherwise be impassable because of heavy rains.
"Selling donkeys to al-Shabaab will undermine our efforts in Somalia," Chirchir said on Twitter.
Reports say al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia allied to al-Qaeda, is preparing for more Kenyan airstrikes and has begun to fortify strongholds in southern Somalia, placing anti-aircraft weapons on rooftops.
Kenya's army entered Somalia last month to attack al-Shabaab, which it blames for a series of security incidents on its territory, including the kidnapping of foreigners.
The soldiers have moved more than 100km inside Somalia, seeking to take towns controlled by the rebels.